La Mesa Oktoberfest Sept. 30-Oct. 2
German food, German beer, German music, German dancing and an unbelievable street festival with over 100 vendors.
Fri 4-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / Downtown Village
Del Mar Gem Faire Sept. 30-Oct. 2
You’ll discover fine jewelry, costume jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, sparkling crystals, gold & silver, tools, jewelry supplies & boxes all under one roof!
Fri 12-6pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 10-5pm / Fairgrounds
(503) 252-8300 / www.gemfaire.com
Solana Beach Sunset 5K and Wellness Expo Oct. 1
Before the run/walk, grab your ultra-soft t-shirt and goodie bag, then browse our Wellness Expo featuring exhibitors from San Diego County’s health community. All proceeds benefit Champions for Health’s diabetes prevention program.
3pm / Fletcher Cove
Grape Day 5K Oct. 1
A 5K fun run for everyone from elite runners to casual walkers, so bring the whole family out for a good time!
7:30am / Downtown Escondido: 150 North Centre City Parkway
(619) 269-7047 / www.sandyfeetevents.com
Soundtracks of Our Lives: 12th Annual Gala Oct. 1
Benefit for Resounding Joy, SD’s primary nonprofit provider of music therapy. Enjoy bidding on imaginative auction experiences and listening to the iconic themes of movie soundtracks.
5:30pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
(858) 457–2200 / www.resoundingjoyinc.org
Pacific Beachfest Oct. 1
Free, fun and family friendly action on the beaches and along the boardwalk. Arts and crafts displays, eclectic shops and popular restaurants. Live music on three stages.
11am-7pm / Pacific Beach Boardwalk
San Diego Maker Faire Oct. 1
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.
10am / Balboa Par
Autism Speaks Walk Oct. 1
Over 2,500 advocates will walk to raise funds to help change the future for all of those who struggle with autism spectrum disorder.
8am / Liberty Station: 2640 Historic Decatur Road
“Pumpkin Festival” Craft Fair Oct. 1-2
Admire and shop for beautiful jewelry, woodworking, candles, toys and many other unique items. Start the morning with the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast from 7-10am each day.
9am / Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center
(800) 642-0348 / http://batesnutfarm.biz
PurpleStride San Diego Oct. 2
The signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network These events are critical in raising awareness and funds that advance research and support patients and loved ones.
6:30am / De Anza Cove, Mission Bay
Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest Oct. 2
A German-American Band, Bavarian dancers and a street craft faire featuring over 200 vendors including artisans with unusual arts and craft items. The family food and refreshment tent will be serving authentic German food and beers from national & local breweries.
10am-5:30pm / Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real
(760) 753-604 / www.encinitasoktoberfest.com
Signature Chefs Gala Oct. 2
Experience the epicurean event of the year where the top San Diego restaurants, mixologists and California wineries come together for an incredible evening benefiting the March of Dimes.
4-8pm / Del Mar Paddock and Turf Club
(858) 300-6408 / www.marchofdimes.org
Chief’s Golf Classic Oct. 3
The San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association and the Burn Institute Auxiliary invite you to a fundraiser for the Burn Institute.
12pm / Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Club
(858) 541-2277 / www.burninstitute.org
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest Oct. 7-8
A variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations.
Fri 4:20-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm / Newport Avenue & Abbott St.
Break Free Run San Diego - 5K and 10K Oct. 8
The Race to End Human Trafficking! 5K, 10K and kids’ fun run. Post-race festival with guest Trevor Davis from The Voice.
7:30am / Tecolote Shores Park North
San Diego Fire Rescue 5K & Kids Run Oct. 8
The run not only allows San Diegans to have fun running with local firefighters, but it also raises funds for the foundation.
8:30am / Embarcadero Marina Park South
Pride by the Beach Oct. 8
A free, family friendly annual Pride event for North San Diego County. We’ll have food, entertainment and a lot of fun.
11am / Oceanside Civic Center: 300 North Coast Highway
(760) 994-1690 / www.northcountypride.com
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Oct. 8-9
Dazzling roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace serving scrumptious bites, a family art center, silent auction, and more.
Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm / La Jolla Village
Little Italy Festa! Celebration Oct. 9
Italian food, al fresco dining, authentic Italian music on three stages, a Sicilian flag procession, street stickball and bocce ball tournaments, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) and more!
10am-6pm / Little Italy: India Street
(619) 233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com
The Taste of Rancho Santa Fe Oct. 9
Enjoy a late summer afternoon with the regions finest and explore pours from 20 vintners alongside 20 restaurants with delectable cuisine.
4-7pm / The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: 5951 Linea Del Cielo
(858) 756-1131 / www.tasteofrsf.org
River Valley Fest Oct. 9
Celebrating the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy’s 30th Anniversary. Enjoy music by popular local musicians, a beer and wine reception followed by a savory gourmet buffet.
4-8pm / Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, Rancho Santa Fe
(858) 755-6956 / www.sdrvc.org/rivervalleyfest
A Taste of Coronado Oct. 12
Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from our local bistros. This year’s proceeds benefit the Coronado SAFE and San Diego Youth Services.
5pm / Coronado Island
Classy Golf Tournament Oct. 14
Come celebrate 23 years of Cancer for College helping cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education.
10am / Coronado Golf Course: 2000 Visalia Row
(760) 599-5096 / www.cancerforcollege.org
The Big Boys Toy Show Oct. 15
An interactive day of BIG cars, bikes, boats, and electronics benefiting Computers 2 SD Kids - C2SDK.
10am-5pm / The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
(858) 535-2572 / www.thebigboystoyshow.com
The Taste of North Park Oct. 15
A walking tour enjoying the community’s finest bites and sips while exploring local galleries and boutiques.
11am-3pm / North Park: 30th and University North Park
(619) 294-2501 / www.northparkmainstreet.com
Surfing Madonna Low Tide Beach Run 5K/10K/15K Oct. 15
Largest beach run in the country. $16,000 Prize Money. Free race shirt. Award winning medal. Free beverage at the finish.
12pm / 400 B Street: Encinitas
(760) 846-5721 / www.surfingmadonnarun.org
Cops & Rodders Fall Pontiac Pow Wow Oct. 16
All makes and models may enter, any year cars, trucks and motorcycles. There will be plenty of food, trophies for “Best Of” awards, 50/50 and drawings for great prizes.
7am-2pm / Embarcadero Park North
(619) 405-6319 / www.sdpoci.com
The Grand Ave Festival Oct. 16
500 vendors, live entertainment, fun rides, pancake breakfast, rock climbing wall and food from around the world.
9am-5pm / Grand Avenue, Escondido
(760) 745-2125 / www.escondidochamber.org
HauntFest Oct. 21
This family-friendly event features a haunted car show, Candy Challenge Activities, Kids Glow Zone, a variety of local vendors, and excellent dining experiences.
5-10pm / Downtown El Cajon
Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show Oct. 21-23
The annual celebration of the fall and holiday seasons is filled with affordable family fun, entertainment, and shopping!
Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
(925) 392-7300 / www.harvestfestival.com
Walk To Fight Suicide Oct. 22
Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
8:30am / NTC Park at Liberty Station
Burgers & Brews Invitational Oct. 22
This fun-filled day will showcase award-wining craft breweries alongside award-winning SD eateries!
12-4pm / Liberty Station
Walk4ALZ Oct. 22
San Diego’s premier event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
3:30pm / Oceanside Pier Amphitheater
(858) 966-3319 / www.alzsd.org/events
Pro-Am Golf Classic Oct. 28
The fundraising event aims to raise $65,000 with all proceeds directly benefiting more than 1,900 local infants, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
11am-8pm / Maderas Golf Club, Poway
(619) 938-2854 / www.hghgolfclassic.org
DogFest Walk ‘n Roll Oct. 29
Accessible, family- and dog-friendly walk and festival, benefiting Canine Companions for Independence.
7am / NTC Park at Liberty Station www.cci.org/DogFest
Monster Bash Oct. 29
San Diego’s biggest Halloween block party returns and will transform more than eight city blocks into the largest Halloween event in California. 21+ event.
Gaslamp Quarter & East Village
IB’S Chills & Thrills Oct. 29
Kids costume contest, Halloween portraits, pumpkin patch carving contest, trick or treat from our amazing vendors!
12-6pm / Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach
Dia de los Muertos Oct. 30
Mexican Fiesta filled with music, traditional satirical dancing, cultural eateries, Por Siempre Car Club, chalk cemetery, arts and crafts for kids, a Day of Dead retail Mercado and more.
10am-4pm / Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside
Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Event Oct. 30
Animal interactions, face painting, crafts, access to the Mansion of Mystery, and pumpkin picking.
9am / Helen Woodward Animal Center, Rancho Santa Fe
(858) 756-4117 x318 / www.animalcenter.org
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